Euro 2020

Scotland Euro 2020 Overview

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After a long wait, Scotland are back at a big stage. The fans have waited long enough, and have most definitely been through it recently, however they are back and the Scottish Euro 2020 squad is looking impressive.

Overview

With a lot of talented players, let’s take a look at the Scotland Euro 2020 squad.

One of the things Scotland have struggled with recently is putting together a run during the qualifying stages, despite having a criminally underrated squad. This team seems to have a lot more balance to it, whilst still being a typically lopsided Scottish squad. The squad list is below

GK– David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin, Craig Gordon.

DF– Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Liam Cooper, Andy Robertson(c), Grant Hanley, Scott Mckenna, Kieran Tierney, Declan Gallagher, Greg Taylor, Jack Hendry

MFBilly Gilmour, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong, Scott McTominay, David Turnbull, Ryan Christie, John Fleck, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser

FW– Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams, Kevin Nisbet.

Key Players

Scotland have a solid few regulars that Clarke likes to rely on. David Marshall in goal being the first. The current Derby County keeper was the man Scotland had to thank for winning the play-off final. His penalty heroics, matched with the amazing camera shot of Marshall waiting for the official to confirm Scotland were through, will all go down in Scottish football history. It’s not just that performance. Marshall has been a brilliant #1 for Scotland. He’s as dependable as ever, rarely makes a mistake, and often earns points; it’s a win-win scenario for Scotland.

Next up is the Scottish National Team captain. Andy Robertson. Whilst not able to attack as he does for Liverpool, his tireless pressing and persistent bombing up and down the wings help drive Scotland on. Robertson isn’t the most vocal of captains, however, he leads every single game by example. With Dykes and possibly Nisbet lingering in the box, his fabled wand of a left foot could be a very useful tool.

The midfield is usually deployed with Scott McTominay and John McGinn. McTominay is also occasionally used as a center half in a back three, however predominantly plays in the middle of the park, so we will place him there for speaking sake.

McGinn for Villa is used as a number 8, sometimes dropping into a deeper role. For Scotland, he’s used as more of a 10. Another player who’s got the energy to run to the opening game, McGinn harries and creates for Scotland, as well as scoring an impressive amount also. 2x Scottish National Team POTY, McGinn is often the talisman. His footballing ability is criminally under-looked- mainly due to his never-ending source of energy. He has a very sweet left foot, will shoot on sight if he can, and makes very good late runs into the box.

McTominay is more of a calming, solid presence in the midfield. He adds some much-needed steel and is another player who gets far less respect for their footballing ability than they rightfully deserve. Never one to pick a pass to win a game, McTominay is very composed on the ball, and more often than not keeps possession. He is also an extremely dangerous presence from set pieces.

Scott McTominay will play a key part of Scotland at Euro 2020.
BELGRADE, SERBIA – NOVEMBER 12: Scott McTominay of Scotland celebrates during the UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off Final between Serbia and Scotland at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 12, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Ones To Watch

Up-front Scotland have gone for the well-liked Lyndon Dykes and the brand new Kevin Nisbet. Dykes is yet another machine that doesn’t stop running and has scored a couple of important goals already for the Scots. He is an effective target man, with very good link-up play and very decent in the box. The other option is more unknown to most.

Nisbet has had a meteoric rise in Scotland recently, going up the divisions each season. In his first season in the Scottish Premier League, he bagged 14 with 2 assists, with only 2 of those goals coming from penalties. Nisbet is an outstanding finisher, inside and outside the box, and can also take a decent free-kick too. As well as his goals, Nisbet is a very naturally solid footballer. His first touch, movement, passing range, and on-the-pitch IQ all seem streets ahead of a player that’s just finished his first top-flight season.

All of those attributes and many more make him the perfect addition up top for the Scotland Euro 2020 squad. In Nisbet he has a natural goalscorer and footballer, alongside the energetic target man in Dykes.

EDINBURGH,SCOTLAND – AUGUST 28: Kevin Nisbet of Hibernian During the Hibernian Squad head shots Season 2020/21 Hibernian Press call at the Hibernian Training Centre, on August 28,2020 in Edinburgh,Scotland. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Another one to watch is Billy Gilmour. The Chelsea wonder-kid has a touch of Spain about him. Despite moving from The Rangers Football Club to Chelsea FC, he has the rare ability to link play and progress the ball, wherever he’s facing. A very natural footballer, Gilmour is different from the rest of the Scotland midfield. Mcginn is a very good player, as is Christie and McGregor can be, but none have the natural footballing talent that Gilmour does.

One of Gilmours biggest idols is Cesc Fabregas, however, the fans have already labeled him The Scottish Iniesta/Xavi. Not sure it’s the kind of pressure a kid of that age needs, however, it’s a testament to his talent.

How Will Scotland Do At Euro 2020?

Alongside McTominay sitting, McGinn doing McGinn, and Gilmour as a pivot, actually has some balance and potential to it. McGinn will cause chaos and pick out consistently good passes, Gilmour can help with Scotland’s progression issues in possession, and McTominay adds that level of steel and security.

However, there are also a good few significantly stronger teams in the competition, with Croatia and England both being incredibly tough games, and the Czech Republic isn’t an easy task either. It’s going to be tough for Scotland, but with some grit and guile, they may cause an upset. They have enough quality, but it is a very tall order. All in all, I think Scotland will truly struggle to make it out of the group stages, but of course, I’m going to predict an upset and have Scotland going out in the round of 16.


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